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Join us on Leader for a Day Sail Posted on

Trinity Sailing is launching a new day sail option for guests from today.

Due to popular demand, people can now join Leader for a day sail around Devon. The 1892 vessel will be sailing out of Brixham for a unique six-hour voyage on Sunday, April 10th.

Traditionally Trinity’s shortest voyages have been short weekend trips but many customers have been requesting day sails, so a pilot voyage is to go ahead this spring.

Harry Gottschalk, Trinity Sailing’s Sales & Marketing Manager, said: “We have recently had a lot of requests for day sails and we found we had a spare weekend in Leader’s programme so we thought we would give it a go to let people join us for a day at sea.

“We thought it might appeal to people with hectic diaries who want a chance to get out on the water. We also want to show new customers that you don’t have to be a sailor — or even have set foot on a boat before — to get involved with the running of our vessels, helping to put up sails and taking the helm.”

You can join Leader for a day sail, which includes lunch on board, for £65. There are 12 berths available which can be booked by calling 01803 88 33 55 or emailing


Devon Youngsters Offered Chance to Take Part in Sailing Adventure Posted on

A LIFE-CHANGING opportunity to take part in a sailing adventure is being offered to young people from across south Devon.


Brixham-based charity the Trinity Sailing Foundation is teaming up with the Royal Dart Yacht Club for ‘The Royal Dart Yacht Club Provident 150 Challenge’ — an initiative which offers 12 young people the chance to sail in a thrilling race from Dartmouth to Gosport.


The sailing experience, open to those aged 16 to 19, marks the 150th Anniversary of the Royal Dart Yacht Club, based in Kingswear. It is being organised in conjunction with the biennial Small Ships Race — organised by ASTO (The Association of Sail Training Organisation) — which involves dozens of UK sailing vessels taking part in racing and celebrations aimed at young people who can mingle with other crews from across the country.


The Royal Dart is keen to offer a dozen deserving young people — who live in and around the South Hams area — the chance to experience what it is like to sail a 90-year-old Brixham Trawler as part of their 150th anniversary celebrations.


The 1924-built vessel Provident — owned and operated by Trinity — will begin her race in August next year, which will be preceded by a couple of days of practice on board, then see her sailing from Brixham to Dartmouth to join the other boats taking part.


Sailing out of Dartmouth on Monday, August 22, the race will finish on Wednesday, August 24 with a prize-giving ceremony in Gosport.  The challenge will continue in a more relaxed fashion as the crew sail their ship back to Brixham at a more leisurely pace — completing an 8 day voyage.


Norman Doidge, of the Royal Dart Yacht Club, said he wants the places on board to go to deserving young people, who may have a range of needs.

He said: “Many of our members have been lucky enough to have sailed all their lives and have appreciated the benefits this has brought them. To help celebrate 150 years of the Royal Dart Yacht Club, we are delighted to be able extend these experiences to a new generation who might not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy the excitement of adventure, teamwork and new skills that sailing a traditional working boat brings. Working together to raise their own share of the funds will be an important part of the challenge. “


Each candidate will be expected to raise at least £300 themselves as part of the challenge, with advice and guidance offered by Trinity, while members of the Royal Dart will contribute the remaining balance of the voyage, which is valued at over £800 per person.


Final selection will be carried out between Trinity and senior yacht club members to make sure the most deserving people get the chance to get on board.


Harry Gottschalk, Trinity Sailing’s Sales & Marketing Manager, said: “We have already gone out to schools in the area but we want to make sure all deserving young people in the locality are aware of the challenge.


“Our charity takes scores of deserving young people to sea each year and the benefits of sail training are genuinely life-changing and give them a new-found confidence that helps them build essential life skills and develop initiative which will help them in their transition to adulthood. We also hope it will make a valuable addition to their learning portfolios or CVs.”


If you would like more information about applying to take part, please get in touch with Trinity Sailing by calling 01803 88 33 55 or emailing


Thank You from the Trinity Team Posted on

Dozens of hard-working working volunteers have been giving up their spare time over the last few weeks to help make preparations for the new sailing season.

Operations Manager Ben Wheatley has spent the latter part of 2015 orchestrating the derig of Trinity’s fleet of vessels, and has been supported by his crew and an army of hard-working volunteers.

He said: “I would like to thank all the volunteers and who have come to Brixham over the last few weeks to help with de-rigging and the ongoing maintenance of our vessels.

“This has been a really successful and productive maintenance period. Thanks to all the hard work from the volunteers we’ve completed all the tasks we set out to do in good time, and also made some really good progress with on-going refit tasks, putting us in a really strong position to begin our main refit period in the new year.

“We will be emailing our volunteers soon with a refit schedule for 2016 so that as many of you as possible can get involved. We intend to continue the successful volunteer maintenance weekends which attracted so many of you in 2015.”

If anyone would like to come down to help with maintenance in early 2016, please contact Ben via or by telephone on 01803 88 33 55.

Leader in Brixham Harbour November 2016

Sea Cadets Help with Training Exercise on Leader Posted on

Young people on board Leader have been helping with an exciting training exercise to help the Royal Naval Air Service.

During the recent voyage with the Trinity Sailing Foundation, the 10th TS Canonteign Teign Valley Sea Cadet Unit 609 were asked to help with a practice air sea rescue mission.

The cadets, along with the Trinity crew, had to help the helicopter get a winchman down on the 1892 vessel, as she sailed off the coast near Charlestown. While on board there was a brief question and answer section with the young sailors and they also helped with an exercise to get a stretcher down to the boat and then back up again.

Group leader Nick Maylam said the young people on board Leader really enjoyed the experience.

He said: “Our thanks to the crews of 771 Squadron Royal Naval Air Service for their support in providing special experiences for the Sea Cadets of TS Canonteign.”




Mock Rescue on Leader

Sail Training Cadets Clean Up Posted on

Young trainees on Leader have been improving the coastal environment during their week at sea.

A team from the 10th TS Canonteign Teign Valley Sea Cadet Unit 609 have just returned from six nights of sail training.  The young sailors went ashore, having anchored at Plymouth Sound, and landed at Jennycliff Bay. Both staff and cadets were shocked to find the cove covered in litter and saw at first hand the effect it can have on marine life as they watched a seal swimming among plastic cups and packaging.

On their return to Leader, the cadets raised the idea of going back in the morning and completing a beach clean. Skipper Lara Caine agreed to delay sailing and provided plastic gloves and large commercial rubbish bags — three to four times the size of normal black bin liners — for the clean-up operation.

Senior Cadet on-board William Stirland who was undertaking his RYA Watch Leader’s qualification, said: “We have completed beach cleans in the past, along the Teign estuary. We did not have this in the programme but, after discussing with the CO, we all agreed to make this effort to highlight the problems rubbish can cause to sea life.”

Over an hours work resulted in three of these extra large bags being filled with rubbish, which was then taken away for lawful disposal at the next stop-over in Fowey.

Group leader Nick Maylam thanked the young cadets for all their hard work.

He said: “For October the weather was fantastic for sailing a tall ship, and the cadets underwent Royal Yachting Association certification, coming away with numerous qualifications.”





Teign Valley Sea Cadet

An Artist’s Adventure: My Week on Leader Posted on

A Totnes-based artist has recently returned from a holiday on board Leader — sailing down the Caledonian Canal and the west coast of Scotland — and has shared some of her work inspired by the voyage.

Helen Wheatley, who sailed from Inverness to Oban, has kindly shared her thoughts about the experience to accompany her work. Here is what she thought of her time with Trinity’s crew and our other guests:

Helen Wheatley

To learn more about Helen’s work, she has a website here



Leader at Banavie

Tall Ships — All Good Things Must Come to an End Posted on

So that’s all folks, the Tall Ships Races are now over for another year. Leader is now in Aalborg, at the northern end of Denmark about to make her journey back to the UK.

She will be departing today, taking part in the final parade of sail, and then be heading out across the North Sea, before reaching Inverness on Tuesday, August 11.

Here are the final entries from the crew on board who sailed on the second race — leg three — from Kristiansand, in Norway, to Denmark.

Penultimate Day…

“As the clock ticked over to the third day of the race to Aalborg, the wind was strong as the fleet clung together. Overnight the wind died away and left the whole fleet at a standstill. Steering was out the question as we struggled to stay on course but fortunately the drift pushed us in the right direction in the early  hours of the morning.

“The results announcement showed that Leader had jumped up to 17th place, which was the place we maintained until the race ended. The race official had to end it early for everyone to arrive in port on time so we soaked up the rest of the sun.”

Final Day…

“Throughout the early hours of the morning  the wind increased up to a force 6, due to wind direction coming from the land. The sea state remained moderate. The day consisted of preparation for coming into Hals. Where we are birthed on the outside of Lord Nelson.

“After safely mooring up the crews main priority was to hit the showers after four days at sea. The rest of the evening was spent exploring Hals and preparing diner.”

We still have three berths available for Leader’s next adventure, sailing down the Caledonian Canal to Oban, from Inverness. After around three days on the canal, passing through the likes of Loch Ness, the will be some beautiful sailing around the west coast.

The seven-night trip starts on Friday, August 14 and ends on Friday, August 21. To book your berth, for £810, call our office on 01803 88 33 55 or email

Tall Ships 2015

Trinity Sailing Recommended in the Bristol Post Posted on

A Trinity Sailing holiday on board Leader is featured in this weekend’s edition of the Bristol Post.

Features writer Kate Edser joined our crew, and a dozen guests, on a voyage from Falmouth, in Cornwall, to Oban, in Scotland.

From all accounts she had a fantastic time, and you can read what she made of the voyage yourself below:



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Tall Ships — New Beginnings Posted on

Leader is now part-way through Race Two — leg three — of the 2015 Tall Ships Races, heading from Kristiansand, in Norway, to Aalborg, in Denmark.

Here is how they have been getting on during the last few days…

Monday, July 27th

“We spent a busy day today learning the ropes and hosting a coffee morning for crew from the other vessels. The crew of Morning Star gave us some Jaffa cakes in return for borrowing our electric sander. It was nice to relax on Simon the inflatable sofa which the crew brought from England while drinking our coffee and chatting to the other trainees. In the evening we had a lovely dinner of chilli and rice, and then stayed up until 11 to watch the fireworks.”

Tuesday, July 28th

“Today we set sail from Kristiansand. The view during the parade of sail was amazing, with thousands of spectators in boats and watching from the shore.
“At dinner time we turned off the engine and began racing. It was quite rough and some of the crew were seasick. We all helped adjust the sails to go as fast as we could.”

Wednesday, July 29th

“Our watch began early in the morning with drizzly weather which was quid cold. After a few cups of tea everyone felt better as we were making good speed towards the first waypoint. After watch we went to bed. Whilst preparing breakfast we learnt that Leader was 20th in class and 42nd overall which everyone seemed happy with.

“Later on the wind dropped lowering our speed but it gave us the chance to watch the other tall ships. We went fishing and Ben, the Captain, taught us how to gut and clean mackerel.

“The end of the day saw us becalmed amidst a great fleet of other sailing vessels large and small, while eating an amazing Thai green curry, followed by chocolate and pear upside down cake — amazing!”

Tall Ships 2015

Cruise in Company Comes to a Close Posted on

Leader is now safely back in port, having arrived in Kristiansand, at the end of her Cruise in Company leg of The 2015 Tall Ships Races.

The crew are now getting ready for the final leg where they will race to Aalborg, in Denmark.

Here is how they were getting on during their final days of the Cruise in Company sail.

Day Eight…

“Today I woke feeling positively inspired by life. With a spring in my step I was dragged out of bed after a rather unsettled and eventful night, gybing through the North Sea. The weather was disappointing but this did not dampen our spirits and soon turned into a glorious one. Before we knew we were gliding into port surrounded by spectators. My day rocketed when we discovered the spa at a top notch hotel. Shortly after it plummeted when a greasy Norwegian band struck their first chorda and we raved our way through the night.”

Day Nine…

“What a day. Today we left the port bright eyed and bushy tailed, adrenaline rushing through my veins. As the sun rose so did our sails. We slathered on the sun cream — after 20 minutes to maximise our vitamin D intake — and had a jolly good sail.

“Bracelet making, book reading and birthday baking, there was never a dull moment on board Leader. One dark cloud was the blocked heads bur every cloud has a silver lining, and so did ours, in the form of Teymour.

“With a steady force 4 we arrived at Fosse Vikken, a picturesque anchorage, where we could swim and enjoy the weather. Shortly after, we learnt how to do an eye splice, which is a great skill to have and finished the day with a BBQ on deck and a scrumptious choccy cake, with butterflys, on top to celebrate India’s birthday.”

Cruise in Company 2015